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Pollo Tropical Balsamic Tomato Salad

pollo tropical balsamic tomato salad copycat recipe

You know who’s not getting any more of my coins?

Pollo Tropical.


I don’t need them anymore.

I can pull my own pork with ease. (thank you, crock pot)

And now I can make my favorite side at home on my own… and … dare I say… It’s better than Pollo Tropical’s version!

Don’t ask me for exact measurements, cuz your girl doesn’t operate that way, but here’s my version of the easiest bbq side dish in the world:

Pollo Tropical Balsamic Tomato Copycat Recipe


  • Tomatoes
  • Red Onions
  • Brown Sugar (or agave nectar…or white sugar if you don’t care)
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt/Pepper


Rinse and chop your tomatoes to your desired size and pop in a bowl

fresh red diced tomatoes

Thinly slice your red onions and add it in

tomato and red onion

Sprinkle on salt, pepper, sugar, and pour a lil balsamic vinegar and olive oil on top

tomato onion balsamic olive oil sugar

Mix it together and let it hang out for a few hours (best if overnight)

balsamic tomato recipe ingrediates all mixed together

I forgot to take a pic of it the day after before we actually ate it this time.

You’ll have a lot more liquid and it’ll be all yummy and flavorey. At that point you can taste and season to your liking.

IF you want you can sprinkle on some italian seasoning or something but I kinda like to keep this super plain since we usually eat it with really flavorful and spicy meats.

So there you have it. Healthy, yummy and generally clean. Sorry Pollo Tropical, see ya never!

What’s your easy go-to side dish?

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Thursday 22nd of December 2016

Just visited Miami, Fl. I Loved this!!! What's the best balsamic to use to get the taste close to Pollo's

Francine Anchondo

Sunday 20th of December 2015

This looks so good I will have to make this


Friday 18th of December 2015

Wow this came out super! I love copycat recipes they are my fav! I've never dared try to copy my fav restaurant recipes, I want to make sure it comes out good enough it will get eaten!

Rana Durham

Friday 13th of November 2015

this looks so good , i love to make this

Holden Humphreys

Thursday 12th of November 2015

Looks great. I think I'll go with the agave nectar option if I try it.

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